Does anyone Test their Soil ?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by WolfWalksSoftly, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. WolfWalksSoftly

    WolfWalksSoftly Level II -Inappropriate

    Messages:
    3,157
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2004
    Location:
    Missouri (MIZZ U RAH)Ozarks
    We bought a soil test kit and discovered everything was good, but our pH is real low. Since we need to raise the pH in 3 gardens, whats the most efficient/cheapest way to do this ?
     
  2. mistletoad

    mistletoad Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    4,283
    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2003
    Location:
    Southern Maryland
    Agricultural lime. We use dolomitic lime because it adds magnesium too. If your pH is just a little low wood ashes can help but you can end up with too much potassium if you add too much.
     

  3. Paquebot

    Paquebot Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    14,801
    Joined:
    May 9, 2002
    Location:
    South Central Wisconsin
    How low is "real low"? Unless it's under 6.0, there's no reason to "adjust" it for most vegetables. In fact, ideal pH range for some is 5.0 to 6.0. Here's a chart showing the best pH soil conditions for vegetables: www.thegardenhelper.com/soilPH.htm

    Martin
     
  4. omnicat

    omnicat Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    514
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2005
    Location:
    Central Ohio
    I test mine. We have neutral-to-alkaline here. And my oak and blueberries suffer for it. I've started a steady campaign to raise the acidity.

    Wood ashes in your compost in moderation will keep a nice alkalinity in your compost.

    Don't use peat to amend your soil, as it will make it more acid.
     
  5. Rockin'B

    Rockin'B Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,447
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2006
    Location:
    No. Illinois
    Our ag supply company test's ours for free.

    As long as we stay a faithful customer, they'll do that.
     
  6. dcross

    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    1,002
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Location:
    East central WI
    <<We have neutral-to-alkaline here. And my oak and blueberries suffer for it. I've started a steady campaign to raise the acidity.>>

    Wouldn't you want to go the other way?
     
  7. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,390
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    Location:
    Central WV
    No, blueberries like acidic conditions.

    Raise acidity = lower pH

    Yes, we test our soil here. It's the best thing we did for our garden, IMO. We found out we had ok pH but NO nitrogen and NO potassium. Only phosphorus, and it was in the good to high level. Without the testing we'd not have known how to amend our soil properly.
     
  8. dcross

    dcross Well-Known Member Supporter

    Messages:
    1,002
    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2005
    Location:
    East central WI
    Whoops! I read it as trying to raise the pH! Sorry about that.
     
  9. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,390
    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2005
    Location:
    Central WV
    I figured ;) I do that, too.